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Which One of These Is Not Like The Other (Answer: Both)

August 25, 2009

Two entirely unconnected things that make me really excited.

#1. Adam

I cannot WAIT to see this (thanks to a glowing review it got in Relevant today). a) It simply looks extraordinary — courageous, funny, not-your-average-love-story, but also not some typical “see the mentally handicapped guy triumph and get a high five” kind of story. (Oh, and b)…I’ve had a thing for Hugh Dancy forever. That’s pretty much b.)

#2. Bird by Bird

To say I love this book simply isn’t enough. Perhaps to say I’ve found a kindred spirit in Anne Lamott is sniffing nearer to the truth. This book is full of all sorts of things that I have always thought and felt, but now, it turns out I wasn’t alone in it this whole time. (And I have to admit…it makes me believe more that I just might be a “real writer.”)

“Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of all the things that you don’t get in real life — wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean. Aren’t you?”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2009 6:43 pm

    Somehow I came across your blog, and I have to agree that Bird by Bird is phenomenal. There’s a recent interview with Anne Lamott on This American Life you should check out if you’re hungry for more…

  2. Caroline permalink*
    August 25, 2009 6:55 pm

    @ Alisha!

    Ooooo, score! I will totally have to check that out. Can’t go wrong with either of those things!

    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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